Book Reviews

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About the Book Reviews Section

We’re very lucky at the Ploughshares blog to have a talented group of reviewers writing about books both new and classic. They include poets in Nebraska, playwrights in Massachusetts, and novelists in Washington, as well as a core group of staff at the Ploughshares office in Boston. You can read more about them below.

But the blog has also featured one-off reviews by authors from other parts of the country and the world, and we rely on our many, exceptional unsolicited submissions for that freshness and diversity in our content—so we’re always looking for more.

If you’d like to get involved please contact our blog reviews editor, Andrew Ladd, at We’re open to a wide range of subjects, and only ask that the books you choose be “literary” (i.e. not genre fiction), not written by your friends or family members, and published within the last six months. We’ll happily read reviews of 250–500 words, or pitches if accompanied by writing samples, and will consider work from established and emerging writers alike. Payment will be one issue of the print magazine.

Thanks for reading—and writing!

Our regular contributors:

Andrew Ladd, Blog Book Reviews Editor

Claire Blechman, Reviewer: Claire Blechman is from one frozen hinterland or another. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Emerson and a BA in English from SUNY Stony Brook. One summer, she read slush for Kneerim & Williams, and learned to love terrible fiction along with the great. Her work has appeared in Interrobang, Gargoyle, and The Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms. Her novel is going to be totally epic.

Caitlin O’Neil, Reviewer: A former award-winning writer for WGBH in Boston, Caitlin O’Neil has written for The New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, Runner’s World, Budget Travel, The Boston Globe, Poets & Writers magazine, and other publications.  

P. Scott Stanfield, Reviewer: P. Scott Stanfield teaches English at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Anca Szilagyi, Reviewer: Anca Szilagyi is a Brooklynite living in Seattle. Her stories have appeared in publications such as The Massachusetts Review, Western Humanities Review, and The Antigonish Review. Recently, she earned an MFA from the University of Washington. She is revising her first novel. Her website is

Shannon Wagner, Reviewer: Originally from Richlandtown, PA, Shannon presently lives in the Boston area where she is a poetry student in Emerson College’s Creative Writing MFA program. She reads poetry for Ploughshares and works as a proofreader.

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